By on December 5, 2013

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Ford’s latest game changer is here, after months of rumors, hand-wringing and broken embargoes. Aside from the new 2.3L Ecoboost engine, features like blind spot monitoring and MyFord Touch are now making an appearance. We’ll have more in a few hours, as TTAC’s Ronnie Schreiber attends the official premiere.

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175 Comments on “2015 Ford Mustang Official Photos...”


  • avatar
    lando

    Gorgeous.

    • 0 avatar
      philadlj

      It’s growing on me more and more with every look, that’s for sure.

    • 0 avatar
      Z71_Silvy

      Gorgeous? It looks like a mild reskin of the current car bringing the styling closer to the terrible ’05 to ’09 duds.

      And please TTAC. Ford hasn’t had a game changer since 1986.

      This new Mustang is a very poor effort. It’s like they didn’t even try. What a waste of effort.

      • 0 avatar
        lando

        Meh. Obviously trolling, but I will answer anyway. Ford is the only auto manufacture out of the top five in North American which has actually gained market share over the last five years. They are the most profitable in North America and second worldwide. They spend the most on R&D out of the auto manufactures and second in the world only to Pfizer when considering all companies. They have had issues of late with the Sync and EcoBoost programs, but those programs have also made them industry leading in the given segments. Of course looks are subjective, and it will be interesting to see how the market responds. How has the market responded to GM over the last few decades?

        • 0 avatar
          Z71_Silvy

          If the truly spent a lot on R&D, then they wouldn’t have all the problems they have had. Quality is horrible.

          Maybe they should test these things before rushing them to market. Typical Ford shortsightedness.

          • 0 avatar
            lando

            Debuting new technology is likely to:

            A. Be immediately as reliable as old technology.

            B. Have some bugs as it is a complex system and no amount of testing could simulate the trillions of variables spread over hundred of thousands of units sold worldwide.

            Sync and EcoBoost account for well over half of Ford’s durability issues… and for almost a million sales. Also, quality is currently slightly below industry average from nearly tied with Toyota prior to the EchoBoost. This is hardly horrible. Again, feel free to do some research on market share.

          • 0 avatar
            AlternateReality

            As much as I hate to agree with an obvious (and rather unimaginative) troll, even a broken clock is right twice a day. In my own experience, Ford’s QC is embarrassing.

            And Lando, “bugs” are one thing. An apparently unsolvable propensity to burst into flame is quite another!

          • 0 avatar
            lando

            LOL. Yeah, hopefully they got it fixed with the latest recall. Especially since Ford is of the whole “Pintos exploded on impact and Ford values $11 per vehicle more than customers’ lives” fiasco fame.

      • 0 avatar
        johnny_5.0

        Are you comparing this to the butchering of the Camaro for ’14?

        http://www.netcarshow.com/chevrolet/2014-camaro_ss/

        http://www.netcarshow.com/ford/2015-mustang_gt/

        It’s not even funny how much better the Mustang looks, and don’t even get me started on the interior…

        http://www.chevrolet.com/camaro-sports-coupe/interior-pictures.html

        I hope Chevy knocks the new one out of the park on the Alpha platform. Can’t wait until all 3 of the pony cars are refreshed (or we get a smaller/lighter Barracuda). But pics make your trolling pretty obvious.

        I actually prefer this by a wide margin to the looks of the new 4 series coupe with its awkward nose.

        • 0 avatar
          Z71_Silvy

          I’m not comparing it to anything. Not sure why you immediately went to the Camaro.

          Just calling a lame duck a lame duck. 50 years of the Mustang and they come up with a design that’s Camry bland.

          It’s another half-assed effort by Ford. The biggest news is the IRS which should have happened during the 200 reskin…..not this reskin.

          • 0 avatar
            johnny_5.0

            The trolling force is weak in you. I’d give you hints, but you are funnier this way. A series of some of my favorite pics to highlight the hilarity of your “Camry bland” nonsense, and generally just a nice walk around look.

            http://photo.netcarshow.com/Ford-Mustang_GT_2015_photo_17.jpg

            http://photo.netcarshow.com/Ford-Mustang_GT_2015_photo_0a.jpg

            http://photo.netcarshow.com/Ford-Mustang_GT_2015_photo_0f.jpg

            http://photo.netcarshow.com/Ford-Mustang_GT_2015_photo_13.jpg

            http://photo.netcarshow.com/Ford-Mustang_GT_2015_photo_1a.jpg

            http://photo.netcarshow.com/Ford-Mustang_GT_2015_photo_2e.jpg

            http://photo.netcarshow.com/Ford-Mustang_GT_2015_photo_2f.jpg

            IMHO this will be one of the best looking (affordable for many) coupes on the road along with the Audi A5 and a few others.

  • avatar
    AMC_CJ

    Interior looks too busy. I really like the good quality, but simple interior on our 12′. There’s just a lot going on in this new one. I’d have to see it in person.

    The outside looks much better than I imagined. I really like how they moved the mirrors to the door off the window/a-pillar. The back has a much more late 60′s Fastback look to it. The front is a little meh. It doesn’t look bad, and better infact then the 13-14′, but I think the 10-12′ simpler, cleaner front still holds up pretty well.

    From pictures, I could actually see trading in our 12′ for one of these. But, I also don’t see it as a the huge upgrade the 09′-to-11′ was (we’ll skip 10′ with it’s left over engines). BUT, for financial reasons, I’ll probably pass as I really don’t want to start a new payment cycle.

    They did a good job. Much better than the new Camaro, which someone looks worse now….

    • 0 avatar

      You know what, I agree totally. The rear quarters as a whole and the back looks stunning while the front is not bad! This car proves that non-flush lights can be made to look good.

      I know it’s an American thing, but I think the hood could be shorter. Would make it look tidier and better. About the only real criticism I can think of.

      • 0 avatar
        CoreyDL

        I really like the detail photo of the tail lamps. Nice little details, horizontal lines contrasting with the vertical block shapes.

        The fastback view from the back is quite nice, but the front is a bit tall and blocky for my tastes. I agree that the hood is too long. It lends a sort of “fish” type shape to the whole thing, which is less than sporty.

        • 0 avatar

          When I first saw the pics, the word “shark” immediately came to my mind. Specially the profile pic.

        • 0 avatar
          Kyree S. Williams

          I like how those tail-lamps are echoed in the front head-lamp assemblies, where there are also three lines.

          Overall, the presentation of this car is excellent. You can clearly see where details were sweated out and where there are thoughtful little touches. And presentation is often what is very present in European cars, but very lacking in some Asian and most American ones. The only way this car’s design actually fails is if you’re a die-hard Mustang fan who thinks that the current retro-inspired theme should continue. Regard this design on its own, and I think that—at least from the pictures—it’s on par with the company that is currently the grand-master of excellent presentation, BMW. And I think that’s what can make it worthy of being world-class, more than anything else.

          • 0 avatar
            GiddyHitch

            I absolutely agree with everything you state here, Kyree. Especially when it comes to the sweating of the details and how BMW leads the way in design presentation. Even in the darkest days of the Bangle designs, there was the utmost care in the details even when the overall design decisions were questionable (E60 headlamps, Bangle butt, etc.). The only outright miss in my mind was the pre-LCI E65 reflector strip on the trunk lid.

      • 0 avatar
        Searcher

        Except that the long hood/short deck theme IS Mustang. Take that away and you have a…Probe

  • avatar
    nrd515

    I like the front end ok, it’s not like “WOW!”, but it’s ok. The back end is just weird, and the tail lights are not good at all. Overall, I’m slightly repelled. Not like the Camaro, which is just hideous, but I don’t think I’ll be buying a Mustang in 2016 or so.

  • avatar
    Viquitor

    Stunning, blows the Camaro right out of the water. I’d love to see the 3.5 Ecoboost under that hood.

  • avatar
    LeadHead

    I like the rear 3/4 view, and the side profile from the A-pillar back. But the front end suffers from the same thing the Charger does: It doesn’t really seem cohesive with the rest of the body. It’s like they designed it, then some higher-ups told them they need to jam some of the new corporate “Aston-Martin” styling cues into the front.

  • avatar
    omer333

    is it me, or does it look kind of like an Audi TT?

    • 0 avatar
      racebeer

      No … it’s not just you. The roof line has a TT look to it, and that influences the overall appearance. I’m not a TT fan, and this roofline is a direct copy.

    • 0 avatar
      phreshone

      The front end, being unnaturally high, coupled with a fastback, bares a resemblance. As this Mustang is going to be exported, I would suspect it’s more of a response to EU pedestrian regulations forcing the look, than a design decision. Over the past year, I saw several better looking front end concepts, IMHO, but they may not have met EU standards.

  • avatar
    3Deuce27

    Bingo! Predicated by a live visit, this will probably be my next new car.

    Looks great!

  • avatar
    CarGal

    I like it. The only thing that bothers me is the passenger side dash lip with the Mustang brand on it.

    Picture 15 really makes it stand out.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      Well it’s SINCE 1964. YOU NEED TO KNOW.

      • 0 avatar
        jz78817

        I’d wager that badge is only for MY15 since it’s the 50th year of the Mustang.

      • 0 avatar
        luvmyv8

        They copied Jeep’s ‘Since 1941′ grabhandle on my ’12 Wrangler.

        That being said; I like this Mustang- except for one thing, the rear end. It looks like the rear end of a ’09 Accord coupe with the tri bar tail lights…. and it looks weirder on the convertible.

        Everything else looks great and they kept the 5.0 Coyote engine. Good. If I had disposable income, I’d have this….. gotta have that 5.0 and the 6 speed manual…

  • avatar
    thebanker

    Now that is an American Beauty.

  • avatar
    3Deuce27

    Damn! The pixs have only been posted for a few hours and I think I have developed a case of car fever. Can’t hardly wait for the details.

    I-4 turbo’s Hp and weight? _ IRS _ Trac-pac _ Recaro’s _ Sunroof _

    Oop’s! Mustang6G has just posted most of that.

  • avatar
    threeer

    Is the 6 speed manual going to be produced in China? Hope not.

    Well, this makes my “100% decision” to buy a Jeep Wrangler when I return to the US in 2015 a little less “100%.” I know, I know…a Mustang and Wrangler aren’t really on the same plane, but it’s pretty much come down to one or the other.

    • 0 avatar
      OldandSlow

      According to another web site, “the Getrag six-speed manual gearbox from the current car will be carried over.”

      For what its worth, Ford Customer Service confirmed on AFM that they removed the Skip Shift feature from the 2013 GT. In other words, the skip shift solenoid is no longer an issue.

      • 0 avatar
        jbreuckm

        It’s no longer an issue on my ’12, either, as it’s been disconnected and secured underneath the car.

        Bless my dealer for never commenting on or making an issue of it.

    • 0 avatar
      BuzzDog

      Supposedly, deciding between a Wrangler and a Mustang isn’t all that strange.

      Back in August, madanthony posted on this site that a recent Car & Driver editorial stated how Jeep’s own research reveals that the vehicle most commonly cross-shopped by Wrangler buyers is…the Mustang convertible.

      I can’t find the original quote, so take it for what it’s worth, but it certainly wouldn’t surprise me.

    • 0 avatar
      luvmyv8

      @threeer, I just got a ’12 Wrangler myself. I love it. Sure it rides a bit rough, but it’s so damn easy to park that I laugh…. plus it’s a hoot with the Pentastar engine and it returns 20 MPG…. the only thing is they fitted it with a thimble for a gas tank…. aside from that it puts a smile on my face and I always get comments about it…. it looks fantastic in red.

      • 0 avatar
        threeer

        Hey luvmyv8…thanks! I have a picture of the Wrangler over my desk here in Saudi. I first started looking at (pining after?) them back in the late 90s. I’ve toyed with the thought for almost 20 years now, but never pulled the proverbial trigger. I’ve driven numerous examples but will have to wait until (at least) 2015 when my tour here ends, unless I extend. The gas mileage does put me off a tad, but the ability to remove the rear seat (I haul rescue dogs when I’m Stateside) and pull the top off just makes me smile. And I know that Jeep is a Fiat-owned entity (more or less), but the fact that the content is majority-US (as I recall, something like 75%) and it is built in Ohio also is a major positive. I’ve thought of many other cars off and on, but keep coming back to the Wrangler. Yes, I tested a V6 Mustang before I left the US, and thought it was a lot of fun for the money… but the Wrangler has my heart, God help me!

  • avatar
    doug-g

    Looks like they did a good job on the exterior design, but Ford needs better interiors. Ford seems to have taken the original Henry’s line, “you can have any color you want so long as it’s black” to heart when in comes to interiors. Oh, you can also have tan.

    • 0 avatar
      jz78817

      Er, the current mustang has four different interior colors; black, light gray, saddle, and red.

      • 0 avatar
        CoreyDL

        Red x.x that’ll age well.

        • 0 avatar
          TMA1

          I’ve built a few Mustangs online. I always pick the red interior ;)

          I wish more cars had actual colors – if only the dashboards matched, like in the old days.

          There’s currently a Suzuka Blue S2000 for sale near me, with a blue interior. I’m tempted, even in December.

          • 0 avatar
            Willyam

            Me too TMA1. I always lingered around the Root Beer / brown interior Minis as well.

            My old company had a cafeteria managed by a woman from Japan. She never spoke enough English for me to bother her about her story, but every evening she drove off in that Blue/Blue S2000, the antithesis of the gray Camcord.

          • 0 avatar
            ponchoman49

            If they threw away gray and charcoal interiors and brought back color I would celebrate for a full week!

    • 0 avatar
      snakebit

      If possible, I’d look at the actual interior color in the car, not just a photo of it. I have a 3-Series coupe in gray, and it looks as rich as black or cognac. I rented two ‘stangs in 2006 within a week, first one was gray inside and looked like a carryover from Pinto. I then returned it to pick up a GT-H (black inside) and it seemed like night and day so much nicer-looking inside. Maybe it was the difference between a V6 interior and what amounted to a GT interior. So, I’d look at everything, including door trim before choosing a Mustang interior.

      And, as some others have said, looks good in the Ford film and these photos, but let’s see it in person. One thing I would look for is someone to make a red translucent panel to replace the black rear trim. What’s there now hints at a buyer who didn’t spring for some option that belongs there, not unlike a blanking plate that replaces a gauge he should have ordered.

      • 0 avatar
        jz78817

        that’s one thing I’ve not liked about the current Mustang. I don’t like leather seating, but the base seats have this miserable cloth that looks cheap. If the base had better seats I probably would have gone that way instead of paying for the “Premium” w/leather.

    • 0 avatar
      burgersandbeer

      I think the saddle interior looks great, and I hear it is available on the 2015. Even with brown seats and door cards the interior still looks a bit dark. I blame the charcoal A pillars and headliner. Hopefully they change those to tan for the 2015 with saddle brown seats.

  • avatar
    Jacob

    The rear end looks bold. I like it. It may look strange to some because that’s something quite different and new. I suspect we’ll get used to this look.

  • avatar
    Øyvind Birkeland

    It is pretty exciting that we will get it here in Europe now for the first time. It is even on Ford’s Norwegian web page now. http://www.ford.no/Biler/Produktnyheter/Mustang It seems like the EcoBoost engine will be the standard engine with the 5.0 as an option. No V6 over here. Pretty excited to see it with Norwegian plates. I wonder if there will be some changes to the euro-models (amber rear turn signals, different licence plate holders etc.) I assume the more tax-friendly EcoBoost option with a six speed manual will be the bestseller here. It will be a blast in the snow!

    • 0 avatar
      That guy

      The 2.3L with the performance package will probably be the best handling and “most European” feeling of the models. The 2.3L probably weighs 150lb less than the 5.0L, and all that weight comes directly off the nose of the car.

    • 0 avatar
      mike978

      The UK site also has the same information : http://www.ford.co.uk/Cars/FutureVehicles/Ford-Mustang

      It does have IRS and is available with the 2.3 Ecoboost or 5.0 V8 in the UK.

      They didn`t manage to get the same anticipation levels as the Corvette which was pretty much site unseen until its actual in the flesh reveal.

      Why didn`t they wait until the Detroit auto show? Especially since it is not available until late 2014 – do they really need to show is 10-12 months ahead of when it is available?

  • avatar
    bills79jeep

    I wouldn’t throw it out of bed, but what’s going on with the little crease on the rear quarters? The new Explorer has the same design cue, and I’m not a big fan of them sharing it.

  • avatar

    It’s weird–I really like it, but I don’t like many of the details: The NACA ducts on the front hood, the Taurus-like doors.

    The whole rear-end is stellar, and the sum of the car is just…wow. It *is* busy, but everywhere it’s busy it draws the eye in a good way.

  • avatar
    Volt 230

    Do we know if this is the same platform as before? If not, where did Ford get a RWD platform this size?

  • avatar
    Good ole dayz

    Better than I expected. Reminiscent of the 65 fastback. The beltline is still a little high — please manufacturers can we move past high beltlines??? — but far far better than the Camaro’s shrunken head look that comes from an almost non-exisent glass/roof area. Not crazy about the way the taillights “flip up” — looks sort of a feminine touch to me — perhaps appropriate for a crossover demographic, but not for a Mustang. But overall, a nice job.

  • avatar
    That guy

    They did a lot of work to the 5.0L:

    Revised heads with new port design
    Bigger valves
    More aggressive cam profiles
    Boss 302 valve springs
    Boss 302 rods
    New pistons
    New intake manifold

    I doubt they put that much work into it without getting some decent results.

    • 0 avatar
      michal1980

      If true I wonder how long those boss parts will last before bean counters come up with cost savings.

    • 0 avatar
      johnny_5.0

      I’m most curious about confirmation of the weight now. I want to know how much mass those changes have to push around. If the rumors of a 200lb reduction were true, something like a 440+hp/400+ft-lb GT at ~3450 pounds would be phenomenally quick for the money. You’d be looking at a stock manual car that could run a 12.5 quarter easily for ~$31k (assuming price doesn’t change much). I won’t get my hopes up though, I’ll just assume no weight reduction or a slight gain until I hear otherwise. Curious how well the launch control will work too…

      • 0 avatar
        burgersandbeer

        I wouldn’t get your hopes up for weight reduction on the GT. The response edmunds received from Ford implies slightly heavier than today’s GT.

        • 0 avatar
          johnny_5.0

          I’ve always assumed the rumors about a significant dimension decrease and a large weight loss would likely remain in rumor land and not bear fruit. Realistically though, even if this comes in at 3700 pounds in GT guise, it’s going to be fast enough that it will be hard to really wring one out on the street (just as the current GT or SS are). We’re long past the point where triple digits come on alarmingly quickly. And lord knows there’s very little sound dampening in the current GT. It’s a loud place to be on a toll road at 85mph. I imagine they’ve added some weight there to increase the appeal overseas. Still, I’d be equally unsurprised by weight loss when we get the final figures. A weight gain with an impending Alpha platform Camaro with an LT1 wouldn’t be too forward thinking (even with years long development cycles). Edmunds also says that the six speed manual will be new which others have cited as carry over, so I’m taking everything online with a big ol’ grain of salt at this point.

  • avatar
    Lie2me

    Looks like an updated and improved Mustang, non-polarizing, not controversial. If that was the goal, mission accomplished. Wait, it has IRS?!…

  • avatar
    hoff02

    Derek, the use of “Ford’s latest game changer is here” made me smile all morning. I love the slight tongue-in-cheek brashness of it given the recent continued razzing some seem content to hang on to, although in some ways it may be more true than hyperbole (time will tell as always!). Love the car – love your articles – keep it up!

  • avatar
    CoastieLenn

    The only detail I can’t seem to get past is that odd cut line on the rear quarter window. Why bring it forward toward the front of the car? Why not continue it to more of a point traditionally associated with the Mustang?

    I just figured out what it reminds me of… the 2001-2002 Bullitt Mustang.

  • avatar
    OldandSlow

    A clean update on the exterior that still says Mustang.

    With regards to the interior, the steering wheel and to certain extent the center stack – both are right from the current button whore school with MyFord Touch as the center piece.

    I noticed the separate climate controls that appear to be independent of MyFord Touch. At least there won’t be a need to schlepp through menus to control the AC, defrost and heat.

  • avatar
    mcs

    Just glancing at the specs and it looks like the center of gravity should be a bit lower than the previous model.

  • avatar
    TEXN3

    Love it!

    I just noticed the wiper stalk has the buttons for a rear wiper, oops! I know it’s a hobbled pre-production model.

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    So this is the “new” Mustang, which somehow, at least from an aesthetic standpoint, is supposed to mesh a retro-heritage and modern theme that pays homage to the Mustang while advancing it in the modern era?

    They did a really, really good job. I EVEN like the tail light assembly and rear of the vehicle (it’s actually one of the best aspects of the vehicle, surprisingly), which I didn’t think was to be the case based on the AW pics leaked by Jalopnik.

    The best exterior design elements, IMO, are:

    1) The bone line which leads to an incredibly beautiful side profile, whether viewed directly or from the front or rear angle. It’s aggressive yet sophisticated, and its proportion is spot on.

    2) The hood, which is not exactly easy to get correct in terms of length, proportion or not “overdoing it” if designers are going for an aggressive/muscular look. Ford nailed this; it looks masculine yet mature and sophisticated.

    I think this is Ford’s best effort in terms of design in a long time, and IS CLEARLY THE BEST exterior design of any of the pony cars now, and by a pretty wide margin.

    It’s also clear that the interior uses much better materials, even if it may be a tad too busy for some.

    Good job, Ford. You really did get this pretty much right; not an easy task by any measure – just make sure IT’S RELIABLE, please, relatively AFFORDABLE (despite some insane claims you’ve repeatedly made when you were trying to yet again delay implementation of a modern rear suspension setup), and that Mustang customers are not compelled in any way, shape or form to accept exploding manual transmissions nor problem-plagued ecoboost motors.

    Unless Chevy & Dodge up their games dramatically with the next gen Camaro, Charger & Challenger – Ford is going to eat their lunch if this new ‘Stang performs well as a daily driver and on the track.

    • 0 avatar
      Øyvind Birkeland

      Now that this will be available in Australia as well, will it be too much to hope for a Ranchero like the one you “saw” in the AW-pics? One can always hope…

    • 0 avatar

      ?

      All kidding aside, pretty much agree.

    • 0 avatar
      ...m...

      …spot-on: a triumphant design exercise indeed…i love that it’s a wholly modern design while still recognisably acknowledging its ancestry; i even see a familiar nod to its fox-body heritage…

    • 0 avatar
      05lgt

      I was going to write that calling a Ford a game changer chould be recognized as troll bait by now; then I read DW’s post.

    • 0 avatar
      lando

      You almost had a complete post saying nothing negative about Ford. Did that hurt a little bit?

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        I had to keep it real, yo.

        I still don’t like the grill, by the way. Ford needs to kill the guppy mouth once and for all.

        I think I figured out by now that they canted the tail light assembly, and this, along with the much better flow of the top, angle of the decklid, and nicer ass in general, gives it a much more premium appearance.

        • 0 avatar
          lando

          BTW, I find you criticisms of Ford very relevant and accurate even if you seem a little more eager to point out Ford’s faults than other manufactures. And though I don’t dislike the grill, I agree that it is the weakest point of the design. But if they can get even your qualified approval…

          • 0 avatar
            DeadWeight

            I’ve always admitted I’m harsh on Ford – but not entirely unfair.

            As just one example of this, I am the first to admit the Fusion has the best chassis and refinement of sedan in the CamCord segment (easily besting either the Camry or Accord), even while I qualify that with criticism of its quality control and reliability shortcomings (which hopefully Ford can iron out).

            But when something like this is developed, well, I will not deny that Ford nailed the exterior design (and I actually like the dash and interior, too! Holy Cow!).

            We’ll soon find out if the Mustang engineering team did as good a job with respect to the suspension, chassis and powertrains.

          • 0 avatar
            lando

            I think Ford’s current problem is they rollout new technology (for Ford) as widely as possible instead of doing a limit rollout to better see how the technology fairs in the wild, giving them a chance to fix issues without sinking the brands reliability reputation before they can get it right. New technology and model newness are generally accepted as the two factors driving new market share. Ford is industry leading in both. However, dependability is the factor which historically has most driven customer loyalty and Ford is now below the industry average in this regard. So largely, I completely agree with your criticisms and read them with interest, though they seem unequal distributed. As I am willing and able to work on my vehicles, I find a couple year old Ford to be by far the best value.

  • avatar
    racer-esq.

    For anyone looking for an NA V6 and live rear axle it is a good time to be in the market. First the early release on the 2011 engines and now the early release on the 2015 Mustang, the dealers must love Ford for that.

  • avatar
    thelaine

    Sweet.

  • avatar
    friedclams

    Front end looks too Fusion-esque to me, otherwise it’s lovely and avoids the bloated muscle car look that afflicts its competitors.

    • 0 avatar
      DeadWeight

      It’s so well proportioned that it makes the Camaro and Charger & Challenger look like caricatures in excessive and needless bulk.

      It’s one of the few new cars that actually stirs something inside of me, which happens *maybe* once every 7 to 10 years, even though I need a useable back seat (damnit!).

      p.s. – I pay NO attention to the renderings, but ONLY focus on the real photos of the real car, when reflecting on its aesthetics, and this one photo is probably the one that has me best convinced that the new ‘Stang is going to be one of the good ones, if not one of the best ones, yet:

      http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/08-2015-ford-mustang-1.jpg

      • 0 avatar
        CoreyDL

        I think the bulk of the Challenger is purposeful in a retro way, so I enjoy that one *only darker colors*. But the Camaro looks like a tall bar of soap with too-big wheels. And the Charger is just a rental sedan, so I never look it over much.

        • 0 avatar
          DeadWeight

          The Camaro looks both like a cartoon, and a heavy one at that (if that’s possible given the very essence of animation), lifted right out of Disney’s “Cars” movie franchise, and/or a WWII pillbox designed to fend off Normandy beach invasions.

          The Challenger is just plain too long, almost in a Town Car type of way, to point of being dysfunctional in everyday parking.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            Well I had no idea the Challenger was that long, after looking up some figures. But I don’t have a problem parking my car, which is 3 inches shy. And it’s not as big as the LS many old people park all the time – ha.

            Inches, length:

            12 Challenger
            197.70

            05 Town Car
            215.40

            12 Camry
            189.20

            09 M35x
            194.10

          • 0 avatar
            Onus

            Took the words out of my mouth on the Camaro. Yuck.

        • 0 avatar

          Hey CoreyDL,

          Wow. My thoughts exactly. The Challenger gets away with its long, long hood because it’s so retro. Meanwhile, the Camaro just looks like a cartoon.

          • 0 avatar
            DeadWeight

            The Challenger pulls it off, and also hits closer to the purest interpretation of the original, by far, than the Camaro does.

            So, if one likes/loves the original Challenger, I can see why they like/love the current one.

            I was just commenting on the fact that it looks long, if even for a much better reason than the Camaro looks pudgy.

      • 0 avatar
        Luke

        I totally agree, especially regarding the Camaro (and I’m a Camaro guy). In a side by side comparison with this new Stang, the goofy styling elements and low-down bulk of the Camaro are even more evident. It looks just plain stupid in comparison.

        GM needs to steal some of the people that worked on this so that they can get retro/modern right on the next Camaro. Someone in the RenCen should be feeling some heat this morning.

        The Challenger still works in my eyes. I know the market compares them to the Mustang and Camaro, but the Challenger was a late-comer to the pony car market and never really fit the mold anyway.

      • 0 avatar
        imag

        There is a lot of photoshop going on in that “real” shot.

        It does look good though.

      • 0 avatar
        05lgt

        Are you the automotive version of a Vulcan?

      • 0 avatar
        TMA1

        The Challenger is just too slab-sided to be attractive to my eyes. The doors are just too tall in relation to the windows, and that black paint along the bottom isn’t fooling anyone into thinking it’s smaller than it really is.

  • avatar
    NN

    This looks amazing…much better than I expected from original pics. I think it will be a hit worldwide. Completely American, yet modern and competitive. I would like to see how it would look with a bit of the forward tilt sharknose of the current gen rather than the straight upright nose it has, but for all I know the sharknose style may be impossible for European pedestrian crash regs.

  • avatar
    jbreuckm

    Dammit. And here I was set to step into a Fiesta ST in a few years after my ’12 GT gets stale. Now I have a full blown conundrum on my hands.

  • avatar
    NoGoYo

    Hope it still has those neat sequential turn signals.

    What? Those were incredibly cool.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      No I liked those too.

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      I’m almost certain that it does. With new cars looking so similar, automakers these days are very much on the prowl for any trademarks that separate their vehicles, or a specific one of their vehicles, from the crowd…and something like a sequential-indicator pattern is a gold mine in this regard. Unless regulations are placed in effect that prohibit it—which is unlikely—Ford would be patently stupid to abandon that trademark.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    Is that going to be real metal across the dash, or plastic?

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      I love that it looks solid enough to be one solid piece of milled metal, but we all know that won’t be the case, if only because of regulations. At the same time, if you’re going to flaunt metal like that, you’d be stupid to fake it with plastic. Chances are that it will be a thin, bent piece of metal. Hopefully the plastic portion of the dashboard that is behind the metal-trim will be stiff enough so that the trim doesn’t have a whole lot of flex behind it, which would make it seem flimsy.

      • 0 avatar
        CoreyDL

        Oh I can imagine it being rattly if it’s too thin or not adhered really well. Also, it will dent easily if not reinforced. I’d have to tap it with my fingers to see what I think, lol.

      • 0 avatar
        dtremit

        The videos confirm that they’re using real aluminum (and chrome) on the interior. I would assume they’ll laminate it over plastic to prevent denting.

    • 0 avatar
      burgersandbeer

      According to Edmunds, “the bits that look like brushed aluminum are indeed brushed aluminum”. I find that impressive. There is a lot of aluminum here.

  • avatar
    Timothy

    Literally just messaged my friend who owns a Ford dealership about trading my ST in for the Eco-Boost Mustang. Spent my entire childhood hating Ford (my grandfather owned a Chevy/Olds dealership…) and now I can’t get enough of them.
    To my eye it’s gorgeous, I like the interior, it’s the complete package. Nothing else compares in terms of looks (how will Dodge and Chevy respond to this??). Great job, Ford!

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      You aggrandized this comment from the original version, lol.

      • 0 avatar
        Timothy

        Only because the way I originally wrote it sounded odd. It’s still early and I’m still hungover. All the things I wrote are in fact true… nothing so far as trying to make my life any more awesome than it already is. Lol.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          Hung over on a Thursday morning? Are you a college student?

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            I’ve had plenty of employees in construction that are hungover almost every morning. Their daily beverage routine in the summer is coffee, Mountain Dew, Gatorade, Budweiser.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            And Marlboro Reds/Lights in between? Good grief!

          • 0 avatar
            Timothy

            Haha. No. I do however live a block or so form a really great bar. Also, being this is Boston drinking on a wednesday isn’t all that uncommon.

            According to The Daily Beast I live in the drunkest city in the united states… just doing my part to keep up tradition.

            Also, I happen to really enjoy bourbon.

            http://www.thedailybeast.com/galleries/2011/12/28/america-s-drunkest-cities-photos.html#slide

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            Pretty much. Sometimes American Spirit. Yuck

  • avatar
    YellowDuck

    Not digging the wheels but otherwise…wow. Did they hire Giugiaro to design this one? Rear end especially looks just awesome.

    I am enough of an eco-weenie to have an issue with the 5.0 V8 swinging dick thing. What kind of mileage is the ecoboost likely to get?

  • avatar
    gessvt

    Very cohesive design. The PR shots show no sign of the typical “4×4″ stock ride height from prior generations. Bravo!

    The only item I’m unclear on is the taillight panel. That’s a huge expanse of black plastic. A faux round gas cap in the middle may have aided in breaking it up a little.

    I can’t wait to see one up close.

  • avatar
    mkirk

    I know Ford loves the Mustang special editions so any chance us 80′s kids could get an SVO special edition complete with a power bump for the 2.3 Turbo and handling package? Not sure the spoiler with transition well.

  • avatar
    phargophil

    If I were in the market for a new car, I would have to seriously consider this. However, I’m still very satisfied with my Challenger.

    This has enough future and enough retro to seem balanced to me.

    I find one nit to pick though–why did they have to go extreme retro in adding running boards? Those rocker panel moldings look almost flat and five inches wide.

  • avatar
    JuniperBug

    For me, one of the big draws of the current Mustang is the high-horsepower V-6 in a very affordable package. I wonder whether the Ecoboost will be a similar performance value. That’s my main concern with what otherwise looks like a very nice car.

  • avatar
    bball40dtw

    Now stretch it and make a Lincoln sedan!

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    I don’t think those are actual photos – they’re renderings.

    And for those who think Hyundai/Kia are nothing but styling copycats – consider the Kia-like toggle switches on the Mustang dash.

  • avatar
    stryker1

    Dunno. The car pictured above seems like it would rather be a Jaguar than a Mustang.

  • avatar
    Onus

    looking fantastic.

    I’ve always wanted a mustang since i was a kid. I imagine this generation will be the one I’m getting.

    I’ll just have a hard time deciding to get the 2.3 or the 5.0.

    • 0 avatar
      3Deuce27

      The 2.3 will provide most of the power we can use, most of the time. It will also cost less, get better MPG, and handle better. Lower insurance and maintenance costs round it out for a clear choice for me. Will miss the thrust and sound of the V-8, though, I never missed it in my SVO. Glad to see a hot little turbo four banger return.

      • 0 avatar
        johnny_5.0

        I think the 2.3 will sell well, and I’m interested to see where else it finds a home in Ford’s lineup. A 300+hp RS Focus? It seems like an obvious replacement for the 2.0 in larger vehicles like the Explorer where the smaller Ecoboost is a rather ridiculous “upgrade” to the NA V6. AWD Fusion with the 2.3? I think it has potential in a lot of vehicles.

  • avatar
    bomberpete

    I rented an ’13 Mustang recently with the V-6 and liked it a lot. I’m glad they’re continuing that engine and look forward to what IRS does for the ride/handling. The new one is a damn good-looking machine.

    As for the interior, I could care less about whether the plastic is rhino-tough, pebble-grain or soft-touch. What I do know is that there continue to be nasty sharp edges on the plastic by the glove box latch and tilt wheel switch. I nearly cut my hand on the latter.

    That’s unacceptable in 2013. They better get out those kinds of cheap touches in the new model.

    After all, that’s part of why the Japanese, Koreans and Europeans still have the brand edge. It’s also part of why Caroline is still not an American Girl.

  • avatar
    Dan R

    Will it have a diesel option?

  • avatar
    05lgt

    This is perfect. If a tween can fit in the back and the fronts are comfortable, I see a new avatar in my future.

  • avatar
    AlternateReality

    I’m extremely disappointed by Ford’s failure to trim some weight. According to figures on Edmunds and other sites, all models gain flab over the ’14s and the GT will now tip the scales at 3,700 lbs! Still not as portly as the ridiculous Camaro, at least, but wow.

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      I’ve heard 200 lbs lighter, but Edmunds does say heavier.

      • 0 avatar
        AlternateReality

        That “200 lbs lighter” benchmark came directly from Ford, if I recall correctly, so I would think we’d be hearing about it ad nauseum today had Ford managed to achieve it.

        • 0 avatar
          bball40dtw

          I’ve read the IRS is heavier than the live axle, but I thought they were using more aluminium to offset that. Jalopnik says “reduced weight”, but I’m inclined to agree with you. If they got a few hundred pounds off this car, MKFields would let us know.

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    I really, really like this. I know that the semi-Continental styling seems to be the antithesis of a Mustang, but to me it looks more mature than Mustangs of yore, and it’s exactly what Ford needs in order to sell it on a global market. And while it has enough Mustang cues to be instantly identifiable, this one is the start of a new era for the Mustang marquee. Remember…like John Tucker, Retro Must Die.

    Also: someone brought up a good point. I wonder if this architecture can support a Lincoln sedan or coupe, even if it’s something midsized and not performance-oriented (rather than a full-sized flagship)…

  • avatar
    TMA1

    All the pictures I’m seeing are in red, and I’m not digging it. Ford’s website let’s you change the colors – I think it looks much better in blue or white.

    Now, can we talk Z-plan pricing?

  • avatar
    E46M3_333

    Looking at how high the side of the driver’s door is from the interior, seems like you’d be sitting in a cave.

  • avatar
    Slow_Joe_Crow

    It’s recognizably a Mustang, now will the 2.3 Ecoboost be called the Mustang SVO?

  • avatar
    Pinzgauer

    Saw the car in person today at the Good Morning America event. It looks a lot better in person than in the pictures.

  • avatar
    ChiCarGuy

    Overall, the ’15 is a much better car than the outgoing one, which dates back to 2005. But how is no one talking about that huge, bulbous nose on that thing?! Loooong front overhang and very tall on the crest of the hood. From some angles it looks like the front is rising from the A-pillar to the grill. Very odd and disappointing.

    That said, the rear end is dead-sexy and the overall interior and exterior design is better than the new ‘Vette (whose rear-end is a disaster).

  • avatar
    frozenman

    Stunning design, great engine choices, this could be as good as it gets. Of course a Mach 1 or Bullitt edition would not go amiss for us old timers!

  • avatar
    johnny_5.0

    Love the looks, now we just need confirmation on the weight, output of the engines, and the price. I was hoping they’d go with some more substantial tires as well, but from the pics it looks like the 19″ are still 255. Even the current gen with the 255 summer rubber is an exercise in throttle patience with the 3.73 gears.

  • avatar

    I think it’s a great evolution to the breed. The interior looks like an incremental step up, but I think it’ll still be filled with a sea of hard-touch plastics.

    What interests me the most about the new Mustang is the independent rear suspension. For years, the Mustang has been given a pass with regard to it’s handling, because of it’s live rear axle. It was either “it outhandles X despite it’s live rear axle” or “it would handle better if it had independent rear suspension”.

    Now that the Mustang is on a “level” playing field and isn’t held back by this crutch anymore, we should be able to find out once and for all if the Mustang really handles. I’m optimistic.

  • avatar
    Ryoku75

    I could complain about the styling but I’d rather not, I’m just glad to see a car company thats actually downsizing a car rather than making it slightly bigger every year, all the while avoiding any obnoxious polarizing styling.

    That being said I still think this Mustang could have the same issues I have with every other “retro” muscle car, the frontback plastic bumper holds everything in place, if one of them goes, so do the lights, grilles, and any sensors attached in the area.

  • avatar
    ponchoman49

    I like it a lot. Prospective buyers better scoop up car’s like this in the next couple of years because CAFE will certainly kill big engine sports cars in the near future.

    • 0 avatar
      SCE to AUX

      I wouldn’t worry too much. The mfrs can game the system to meet CAFE. Ford could restrict Mustang V8 availability, but they’ll have plenty of Fiesta, Focus, and Fusion sales to balance things out – plus maybe they can buy those bogus credits from Tesla or Nissan.

      Actually, it’s the trucks they have to worry about.

  • avatar
    burgersandbeer

    I’ve never been a mustang fan, but this is impressive. Looks great inside and out. Ford may have quality issues lately, but almost no one complains about how their cars actually drive; so I have high hopes there too.

    I do need a usable backseat though. Doesn’t necessarily have to hold tall adults on road trips, but I don’t know if I could own a car that only kids fit in.

    Another issue I have always had with the mustang is the car is gigantic relative to the interior space, and that looks unchanged here. I don’t think my practical side will let that fly.

  • avatar
    PriusV16

    To me, it looks a tad blander than the outgoing model. Not sure if that´s a good thing.

    The side view of the previous model clearly said “Mustang” to me.

    The new side view says “Rather pretty but kind of generic” to me.

    Front and rear end treatments are more distinctive, however.

  • avatar
    Buckshot

    They have been butt ugly for 40 years and they are continueing that path


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